USDA’s Economic Research Service has published a report entitled “Economic Issues in the Coexistence of Organic, Genetically Engineered (GE), and Non-GE Crops” examining organic and conventional product markets, common coexistence practices, and the economic impacts when GE material is detected in non-GE products. The authors point out that coexistence can be challenging, particularly as GE crop production can increase costs for organic and non-GE producers due to accidental pollination or commingling of materials all long the supply chain. The report concludes that more research is needed to examine the costs and effectiveness of various coexistence strategies.
USDA report examines coexistence
March 1, 2016 in Genetic Engineering
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